家庭新成員-Tom 小叔

今天來介紹一下家中的新成員–Tom。別誤會,這位湯姆小叔既不是湯姆大叔的遠房親戚,也跟馬克吐溫先生筆下那位調皮搗蛋的湯姆小朋友毫無關係。這位湯姆,乃是新購入家中的車用GPS–Tomtom One XL.S。

話說筆者夫婦來到美國之後,雖然因為日益上漲的油價不敢多出門,但是為了家中口糧蔬果,以及鳥老大的日常所需,偶而還要到教會朋友家聚會一番,因此還是必須開車出門。

美國很大,不過要真的開車四處走時,才能感受到到底有多大。如果從甲地直接到乙地可能還好,靠著Google Direction,雖然須多花時間列印或抄錄,但多半還可以用其道路指示正確來回。雖然偶而還是會迷個小路,找上一找,但問題還不甚嚴重。不過,若遇到有好幾個目的地,或是突發奇想,想要多跑幾家店的時候,那可就麻煩了。尤其當Google給的路不是經由高速公路時,迷路的可能性便會激增。好幾次,筆者引以為傲的看圖找路能力,就當場破功,在嬌嬌老婆之前面上無光。

因此,就在反覆思考、多方搜尋之後,痛定思痛,心痛加肉痛,把 Tom 給帶回家了。

之前在網路搜尋的時候,就有許多人推薦 Tom 系列,試用一番,果然名不虛傳。

Tom 的介面平易近人,上面的資訊清晰易懂,不太需要細讀說明書,就可以容易上手使用。首先來輸入要去的地方,

然後 Tom就會努力的計算路程:

之後就會出現彩色的 3D 畫面,清晰地標明道路與接下來的駕駛指示。

一切都很簡單、很直覺。不過當初買 Tom 還有一個重點,就是語音指示。這個 Tom除了英文,還操多國語文呢。所以,就要求 Tom 在行車的時候,講講鄉音給我們聽啦。

自從有了 Tom,出外行車都安心多啦。當然,筆者駕駛的安全可靠度也隨之水漲船高。不過呢,Tom 一切都好,就是不講台語。加上無法使用台灣地圖,只能在國外用,也算是美中不足之處。

嗯,知足常樂,Tom 小叔,你還是很了不起的!未來駕駛就靠你指路啦!

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16 Comments

  1. Hi there, I found your blog very interesting and informative.
    I use tomtom too and love it. I call it "Tim" because I use the person with a british accent as ???? and his name is Tim. Since my husband is American I think it's nice to have someone speaks British English for a change.
    By the way, I am a Ph.D student in musicology and I would like to attend SEM conference this year. However it is quite expensive for a graduate student. Could you recommend a place less expensive to stay?

  2. Hi there, I found your blog very interesting and informative.
    I use tomtom too and love it. I call it "Tim" because I use the person with a british accent as 語音指示 and his name is Tim. Since my husband is American I think it's nice to have someone speaks British English for a change.
    By the way, I am a Ph.D student in musicology and I would like to attend SEM conference this year. However it is quite expensive for a graduate student. Could you recommend a place less expensive to stay?

  3. Hi,
    Many thanks for your message. Yes, Tom is very good friend of my family and we do like to have him with us!
    You're definitely right, it's quite expensive for grad student to attend all those "academic events" like (inter)national conferences. However, it's nice to hear that you are planning to attend this year's SEM! However, since I've never stayed in any hotels around this area, I have no idea where will be nice and less expensive to stay. I checked Priceline.com, and did find some places that seem ok. Priceline Result The first one listed is just next to my car garage, and it looks alright for me. Hope it helps,
    Best,

  4. Hi,
    Many thanks for your message. Yes, Tom is very good friend of my family and we do like to have him with us!
    You're definitely right, it's quite expensive for grad student to attend all those "academic events" like (inter)national conferences. However, it's nice to hear that you are planning to attend this year's SEM! However, since I've never stayed in any hotels around this area, I have no idea where will be nice and less expensive to stay. I checked Priceline.com, and did find some places that seem ok. Priceline Result The first one listed is just next to my car garage, and it looks alright for me. Hope it helps,
    Best,

  5. Hello,
    It's me again…so to bug you. I am going to attend the SEM conference. So, is this place you suggested a walkable distance to the conference venue?
    Thanks!

  6. Hello,
    It's me again…so to bug you. I am going to attend the SEM conference. So, is this place you suggested a walkable distance to the conference venue?
    Thanks!

  7. Thanks a lot for that information. I guess I'll just stay at that super nice hotel they arrange, then.
    Look forward to seeing you there.
    Best,

  8. Thanks a lot for that information. I guess I'll just stay at that super nice hotel they arrange, then.
    Look forward to seeing you there.
    Best,

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